Parking Lot Construction for Heavy Vehicles
Asphalt wears much faster in areas exposed to heavy-duty vehicles such as delivery trucks, tractor-trailers, garbage trucks, and buses. Proper design and construction are crucial to safeguard the lifespan of these surfaces because of the extreme abuse inflicted by these types of vehicles. How can you ensure your commercial parking lots and roadways have a lasting design?
Understanding the Stress that Heavy-Duty Vehicles Place on Pavement
It is no surprise that heavy-duty vehicles weigh much more than cars. However, many of our customers are shocked to discover there is an exponential, not linear, relationship between the weight of a vehicle and its impact on paved surfaces. Heavy vehicles have a much larger equivalent single axle load (ESAL) than passenger cars.
For comparison, the typical 4,000-pound passenger car has an ESAL of .0006, whereas a garbage truck has an ESAL of 1.4 – the equivalent of more than 2,000 passenger cars. To make matters worse, when large vehicles stop at collection sites, asphalt damage is compounded. Our parking lot construction experts understand that this must be considered, engineering asphalt surfaces accordingly.
Solutions for Managing Large Vehicles
To help you protect your asphalt investment as well as your bottom line when designing parking lots and roadways intended for frequent heavy vehicle traffic, our team takes into consideration the use of each area. We do not use the same thickness of asphalt throughout unless these areas receive the same type of traffic. In areas prone to heavy-duty vehicle traffic, we install deeper asphalt sections to protect the lifespan of your paved surfaces.
We also strongly recommend that you repair any cracks promptly. Cracked areas over top of soft, moisture sensitive California soils can quickly suffer extensive damage beneath the weighty burden of large vehicles. Our timely repair services allow you to safeguard the lifespan of your asphalt, avoiding the cost of more extensive repairs.
What Kind of Heavy-Duty Vehicles Can Our Team Help You Accommodate?
Our team of in-house design and construction experts will design lasting roadways, parking, and pickup area for large vehicles and heavy traffic, including:
- Bus and large truck parking
- Pickup/delivery areas for heavy-duty vehicles
- Warehousing and material delivery centers
- Semi-truck and large vehicle repair centers
- Industrial equipment repair centers
- Fueling stations for heavy equipment
- Construction site and vehicle storage
- HOA and golf course sites with occasional large vehicle traffic
- And other special projects: vehicle storage, rental centers, industrial equipment repair, vehicle assembly
Protect your asphalt investment with parking lot construction for heavy vehicles from American Asphalt. Contact us at 800-541-5559 for a competitive estimate on your upcoming Tracy, Walnut Creek, Richmond, Antioch, Hayward, San Jose, or Santa Clara area project today.